Saturday, October 26, 2013

North American Aviation X-15A-2 Engineering Drawings

Various engineering drawings of the X-15A-2 available in the Download Resources. The set includes:

  • 2581-931001 - Structure Diagram fuselage Advanced X-15A-2
  • L9360001 - Pylon Support-Ramjet Engine (Design Layout)
  • L9360002 - Scramjet and Pylon Installation X-15A-2
  • L9480001 - X-15A-2 Liquid Hydrogen System

Bell X-1 Engineering Drawing

I've add an engineering drawing of the Bell X-1 (Sheet 44-700-002) to the Downloadable Resources.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

North American Aviation X-15 - Leaked Photograph (Part 4)

Is this a leaked photograph taken from a F-104 over Edwards Airforce Base? Or an early release of a simulator on a series of popular mobile devices. You decide :)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

North American Aviation X-15 - Cockpit Objects (Part 3)

I've now started to add more objects tothe cockpit of the  North American Aviation X-15 3D model. The camera location and angle is 'bodged' and the seat removed, so that you can see more of this cramped cockpit.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Shuttle Carrier Aircraft - Nose Landing Gear - Part 3

Slowly making progress creating NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 3D model. The Nose Landing Gear is about 80% done.

You can see in the background the Main Landing Gear. This will be the next bunch of objects I'll work on for the SCA model.

Just noticed I've left the draft nose tires in the pictures. It's been along night...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

North American Aviation X-15 - External View of the Cockpit (part 2)

I've been working on the North American Aviation X-15 cockpit (XLR-11 version) and this is a very small space for a pilot to work in. Thankfully it was a quick flight for the Test Pilots :)

As you can see most of the cockpit objects have been removed for clarity. When viewing the cockpit from an external viewpoint 3D, it will be a low polygon cockpit (has above). However, when sitting in the cockpit, it will be a high polygon 3D model (See Part 1). The aim is to have most of the instruments, dials and controls animated, but this is not confirmed. ;)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bell X-1 3D model (Part1)

Another 3D model emerging from the Desktopsimmer Skunk Works: The Bell X-1. It's just a preliminary rough 3D model for later use. Earlier last month I came across some drawings on the t'internet whilst researching the XLR-11 engines and was itching to get something drawn.

Okay, I know that the Skunk Works is Lockheed Martin, not Bell ;)

Friday, October 4, 2013

North American Aviation X-15 (part 1)

Secretly, this is the hush-hush 3D Model project I've been working on, The North American Aviation X-15.

I'm modelling the X-15 with the XLR-11 engine, X-15 with XLR-99 engine and the X-15A-2 (both in white and pink colour schemes. So far I have the XLR-11 variant complete and now working on the XLR-99 variant. Here is the X-15 (66670) with the XLR-11 engines.

I've added a basic hangar, so I can create rendered views with various pieces of equipment surrounding the X-15.

I've started on texturing the cockpit and whilst gathering information, I've found out there was very little space in there. This is the XLR-11 version of the cockpit.

Of course you'll need a B-52 to launch this manned missile:

Some preliminary work on the X-15A-2 (66671), including fuel tanks